Cooling breath – Sheetali


  • Sit in a comfortable seated position with the spine, neck and head in alignment.
  • Extend the tongue outside the mouth, as far as comfortable.
  • Roll the sides of the tongue up so that it forms a tube.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply through the tongue.
  • At the end of the inhalation, draw the tongue in, close the mouth and exhale out the nose.
  • Practice up to 15 rounds of breath.

  • The cool sensation experienced of the inhaled breath.
  • The sucking sound.

  • Low blood pressure.
  • Respiratory disorders, such as asthma and bronchitis.

  • Cools the body and helps to regulate the temperature.
  • Induces muscular relaxation.
  • Calms the mind.
  • Helps to generate a feeling of satisfaction.

  • Once established, the breath can be retained in for a few seconds. The duration may be increased as the technique is mastered.

  • About one-third of the population is genetically unable to roll the sides of the tongue into a tube. However the practice of the Hissing breath (Sheetkari) gives similar benefits.